Why You Can’t Have Just One Resume

Applying for jobs can be time consuming and when you’re customizing your resumes, it can take all morning just to submit one application.  If it takes just as much time to send out ten standard resumes as it does to send one customized resume, doesn’t it make more sense to apply to more places?  No.  You will not have as much success with a blanket resume.  Here are some reasons why:

It will not include all of the employer’s requirements.  Each employer has specific requirements for their position.  Even if two jobs are similar, there will be small differences between them.  It is the resumes that highlight all of the requirements that will stand out to the employer.

You will include information that the employer doesn’t need.  When you are creating a one-size-fits-all resume, you put in all of your skills and experience that may interest the employer.  As a result, each employer will see some skills that interest them and some that don’t.  The problem with this approach is that unnecessary information can be distracting and it may indicate to the employer that you are unfocused.

Customizing your resume demonstrates enthusiasm.  When you send the same resume to twenty different places, what message are you sending?  Most employers are unimpressed by those resumes because they show that the candidate is not invested enough in the company to spend a few hours creating a customized resume.

You can use a customized resume to emphasize your strengths.  In this competitive job market, you need to take every opportunity you have to demonstrate that you are the best fit for the job.  By customizing your resume, you clearly show the employer that your skills and experience make you uniquely qualified for the position.  When you send the same resume to every employer, you waste that opportunity.

Keep in mind that the employer is working hard to find a candidate that would be a good fit for their team.  When you spend a little extra time on your resume to show them that you are qualified for the job, that you would be a good match for the organization, and that you are enthusiastic about the position, you come across as a much more attractive candidate.

(Photo by: Keerati/FreeDigitalPhotos.net, Written by: Karen Bivand)

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